Tumble Monkeys are coming back to Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mar 15, 2022 in "Festival of the Lion King"

A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
Posted: Tuesday March 15, 2022 8:34am Et by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has announced via Tik Tok that the Tumble Monkeys are returning to 'Festival of the Lion King' at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

While we don't get a specific date for their return, the post does say "this summer," which is likely to around Memorial Day weekend. The Tumble Monkeys are a team of acrobats that adds a lot of energy to the show and are especially popular with the younger members of the audience.

@disneyparks It…is….time ?? Tumble Monkeys are making their return this Summer #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #AnimalKingdom #FestivalOfTheLionKing #Monkey ? original sound - Disney Parks

The return of A Festival of the Lion King in May 2021 was a significant moment for Walt Disney World's entertainment department and its return to the parks followed the pandemic closures. Although in a modified format, it was the first time that large numbers of guests were indoors for a show.

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RSoxNo1Jul 21, 2022

Love to see this show back to it's former glory.

Figments FriendJul 17, 2022

Great to have the entire Show back! ✨ -

Henry MysticJul 16, 2022

More photos! Massive applause tonight! 653654

SplashZanderJul 16, 2022

Absolutely fantastic show. The enthusiasm by the performers and guests was extremely evident. The tumble monkey segment is fantastic. Way better than I remember and I have always loved it. Returns the show to its full glory. Acrobatic can you feel the love tonight is equally amazing. The sign language interpreters did an amazing job. Phenomenally talent and animated!

UnbansheeJul 16, 2022

Beauty and the Beast dropped physical distancing some time ago https://blogmickey.com/2022/04/beauty-and-the-beast-live-on-stage-begins-return-to-new-normal-removes-physical-distancing-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/

jrhwdwJul 16, 2022

Another First Day, another Standing Ovation!!! GREAT JOB AK/TDO!!!! Now all we need is the normal BATB & F!

wdwmagicMay 25, 2022

That was my thought exactly.

Zummi GummiMay 25, 2022

I really hope it’s not because they don’t want to pay the cast the overnight “premium” for those rehearsals, but it wouldn’t shock me if that were the reason.

Doug MeansMay 25, 2022


TouchdownMay 25, 2022

But what about the fact that half the cast would also be preforming during the day (Timon, dancers, singers) I’m sure that runs afoul of union rules. While I guess one cast could do it at a time, running half shows during the 4th also sounds like a disaster for park ops.

wdwmagicMay 25, 2022

Typically though at WDW that would be done during overnights. I don't really see why this needs a 10 day closure.

nicb88May 25, 2022

I know… No need to go on the defensive… I’m just expressing my disappointment at missing the show.

AnteaterMay 25, 2022

Loved that! Thanks for sharing. Definitely needed it after this weeks events! Why don't the the "tumble monkeys" look like the ones following Lucy? 🤣